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Nazareth Singer Collapses During Canadian Concert, Band's Current Tour in Jeopardy

Image courtesy of Edel Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Edel Records (via ABC News Radio)

Veteran Scottish rockers Nazareth had to cancel a show on their recently launched Canadian tour on Tuesday night in Cranbrook after founding frontman Dan McCafferty collapsed on stage at the start of the concert.  DailyTownsman.com reports that the 66-year-old singer took ill just 30 seconds into the group's performance at the Cranbrook Curling Centre and needed "urgent medical attention."

According to Isaac Hockley , one of the owners of concert promoters HM Productions, McCafferty collapsed after experiencing a problem with his lungs.

"He is stable," says Hockley, adding, "We're not sure what's going on with the rest of the tour; that hasn't been disclosed yet."  He also says fans who purchased tickets to the Cranbrook gig will receive a full refund.

While no official announcement has been made about the status of the band's trek, many of venues that the group was scheduled to visit are reporting that Nazareth's concerts have been canceled.

Rock fans likely are familiar with McCafferty's raspy voice via to Nazareth's memorable 1975 tune "Hair of the Dog" and their top 10 cover of the Everly Brothers hit "Love Hurts."  Nazareth's most recent full-length studio album, Big Dogz , was released in 2011.

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